Lotte Anker & Julie Kjær Duo (DK)

Lotte Anker and Julie Kjær (sax)

Exclusive meeting between two Danish saxophonists from different generations

At this concert, you can experience the sound of the jazz saxophone completely clean and undisturbed as when the instrument is treated by the Danish free jazz scene's grand old lady, Lotte Anker as well as Julie Kjær, who has been making a name for herself on the European jazz scene with her raw, angular, and thoughtful style. They both work with both composition and improvised music, where the use of the saxophone's various tonal possibilities is paramount.

For many years, Lotte Anker has been a prominent voice on the international scene for contemporary music between improvisation, experimental jazz, and new compositional music. She has led a number of famous bands and has collaborated with the likes of Gerald Cleaver, Craig Taborn, Fred Frith, and Marilyn Crispell. She was nominated for the Nordic Council Music Prize in 2011.

Julie Kjær plays with the London Improvisers Orchestra and Paal Nilssen-Love Large Unit, and has also recorded and toured with Django Bates. In addition, she leads her own groups, including Julie Kjær 3 with bassist John Edwards and drummer Steve Noble. In a recent collaboration, she has released a live recording where she plays in a duo with Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth).

This is the first time that Lotte Anker and Julie Kjær perform as a duo. You can expect a riveting concert centerd around improvisation and the saxophone's diverse tonal universe.


The concert is part of the series The Iconic Saxophone at Aarhus Jazz Festival 2021.

The concert series pays tribute to an instrument that has been an important part of jazz music since the beginning, having fostered legendary musicians such as Ben Webster, Stan Getz, Yusef Lateef, and Charlie Parker.

The Iconic Saxophone is supported by The Knud Højgaard Foundation, CAC Foundation, STIBOFONDEN, Aarhus Stifttidende Foundation, Danish Arts Foundation, and Aarhus Municipality.


11/07/2021 17:00 - 18:15

Cover charge Kr. 140
Børn u. 12 år 50 kr. Studerende og unge u. 25 år 110 kr. Ingen kørestolspladser. Billetter sælges i forsalg. Salg i døren fra kl. 18.30 på egen mobiltelefon. Coronapas eller bevis på gyldig Covid-19 test skal forevises ved indgangen. Covid-19 restriktioner overholdes. Begrænset antal pladser.


Helsingør Theater – Den Gamle By
Viborgvej 2
8000 Aarhus


Aarhus Jazz Festival
(+45) 28 60 47 91

  • Lotte Anker & Julie Kjær Duo - Photo: Peter GannushkinFoto: Peter Gannushkin
  • Lotte Anker & Julie Kjær Duo - Photo: Dawid LaskowskiFoto: Dawid Laskowski